Coming into Wednesday’s FAOCC meeting, Bob Marley was running through my head: “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!”
What are these rights? For one, the right to a LMS that is designed for teachers and students instead of the dictates of a publishing conglomerate.
But we also have to stand up for the larger right to be in on the decision making. Who is serving on the committees that are deciding on software such as this? Who is deciding to hire administrators with little teaching experience but ample corporate connections?
Action can take many forms: it can be an email to the administration informing them of problems and, if you have them, solutions. It can be asking questions about possible conflicts of interest to administrators, board members, and taxpayers. The key is to document what you’ve done by establishing a paper trail: email, note of a conversation, speech at a meeting. Write a blog post (volunteers are always welcome here) And let me know.
This emphasis on action fits perfectly into the change agenda on campus. I agree that the college needs to change: it needs to move from an emphasis on business to an emphasis on learning.
I also announced that, given our five year pay stagnation, we are setting up a Teacher’s Fund, with monies to be dispersed to the faculty on the lower end of the pay scale. We plan on setting up a bake sale on campus – goods will be sold for whatever people want to contribute.
And finally, as part of my report, I introduced our new Negotiations chair, Neil Schiller, to a round of applause.
In other FAOCC news . . . .
Ed Kissling reported for the PRIDE committee (thanks Linda Henderson, Maryann Birdsall, and Marcia Bradley) that they are working a variety of activities to foster positive interactions between students and to provide financial incentives for extra-curricular academic endeavors. As a first activity, cards for students explaining online storage options were distributed to faculty. Additional cards are available and will be distributed this month.
If you’re interested in learning more about the PRIDE committee, check with me for a packet. You can check the NJEA website for an overview of the program.
Our meeting ended with a short discussion of the October 1st Contract Rally. While we expect outside attendees, it’s really our chance to show the administration that we’d like the contact settled in an equitable manner.
If you believe it’s time that we get compensated for back pay and receive fair compensation for our work, I’ll see you there; if you believe it’s time the college starts bargaining in good faith, I’ll see you there; if you believe it’s time for the college to get back on track and start working with instead of penalizing it’s faculty, . . . I’ll see you there.
And bring at least two friends.
Rally cap — get it?
Interested in eCompanion? Stay tuned: they’ll be a special edition blog posting later this week.
Yours in labor,